Photography Instructors

Action Photo Tours Team Nicole Pino Johnny Adolphson David Swindler Kathleen Gardner Greg Olmstead Photography Instructors
David Swindler

David Swindler

David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT.  David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Follow the links below to see more of David's work.

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David has been leading guided photo tours for many years. He is very familiar with many different types of cameras and how to capture the best photos. And most importantly, his clients are the top priority while out in the field.  Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.

Johnny Adolphson

Johnny is a published, landscape and fine art photographer. His primary residence is in Heber City, Utah where he and his wife Sherry raise their two boys. Johnny's award winning landscape art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, other various business's and private homes. Other than photography, Johnny has worked as a ski guide, ski patroller, and wild land firefighter. When not chasing the light throughout the American West, Johnny guides powder skiing in the Uinta Mountains. Landscape photography is his passion, he has devoted a large percentage of his time and energy searching for vast vistas and good light throughout the Desert Southwest. Johnny has an intimate familiarity with the desert environment and loves to share his eye for composition and ability for using light and shadow with others.

See more of his work here and follow him on Instagram:

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Johnny Adolphson
Greg Olmstead

Greg Olmstead

Greg is a talented wildlife/landscape photographer and much more!  He grew up exploring the outdoors all with a camera in his hand. His Father gave him his first camera at the age of 9. All through his school years, he was the class and yearbook photographer. He studied at BYU. Greg has been published in the Alaska Highway Book, Mile by Mile with Beaumonte Productions. He has also been published online by National Geographic!

Greg's passion in photography is “Wildlife" and is his first love.  If you go on tour with him, you'll likely see lots of wildlife in addition to just the landscape! Since he's been guiding for Action Photo Tours, he's fallen in love with landscape photography. He has never lost his sense of wonder as he shares our amazing landscapes with clients.

Kathleen Gardner

Kathleen moved to southern Utah in the summer of 2018 after living in the mountains of Idaho for 17+ years.  She grew up in Colorado, and spent much of her childhood visiting and exploring southern Utah with her family, so it only made sense that one day she would live here.
Her father, the geologist, made sure they spent their vacations exploring the lands and discovering new locations and places people had never been.  Kathleen loves to hike and photograph these places and is always discovering new hidden gems.

Kathleen has been a photographer for 35 years, dabbling in portrait and glamour, but always came back to nature, as that is where she feels most at home.  Don't let her beautiful landscapes fool you, there is one tough cookie behind that camera!  She has hiked the Grand Canyon, rim2rim2rim in 2 days, trekked 53 miles along the San Diego coastline, also in 2 days.  As if that weren't enough, she has kayaked and biked the entire length of the Florida keys in 3 days; kayaked, biked and hiked for 25 hours and 77 miles around Santa Barbara, as well as completing many obstacle course races over the past few years.  Kathleen loves to challenge herself and even moreso, loves the change it creates within herself, just as it does in nature.

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Kevin McNeal

Instructor - Kevin McNeal

Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States.  He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C..  He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.

Artist’s Statement

“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles

Kevin's portfolio can be found at www.kevinmcnealphotography.com.

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Nicole Pino

 

Nicole is our front office manager and helps take care of many of the day to day aspects of our operation.  It is very likely she was the one answering your emails and phone calls.  Nicole is a Utah native and a self proclaimed "desert rat."  Having an incurable wanderlust and a love for the outdoors, she spends the majority of her free time exploring remote areas of the beautiful southwest.  She enjoys sharing her passion for photography and love of nature.

Evelyn Fu

Evelyn is our Chief Operations Officer.  Although she is not a photographer, her natural business acumen and marketing insight are huge assets to our operation. Evelyn loves to spend time in nature and explore the outdoors, so it's possible you may meet her on some of our trips!

Evelyn spent many years in medical school, residency, and fellowship and is now one of the most respected retina surgeons in the Pacific Northwest. During medical school, she worked as a business consultant. She loved consulting so much that is was difficult to go back to medical school.

Evelyn loves winter sports, especially backcountry snowboarding!  During the summer, she uses her weekends to the max ascending mountains, backpacking, and climbing.  She has traveled to many countries around the world and loves to experience new lands and cultures. Evelyn has a very artistic eye and enjoys sharing the love of photography and fine art.

Evelyn

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